‘Some people retire only once so please spare Virat Kohli’ - Amit Mishra takes a hilarious dig at Shahid Afridi for ‘the retirement advice’
Shahid Afridi had suggested Virat Kohli to announce his retirement when he is at his peak.
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Indian leg spinner Amit Mishra has responded to the retirement suggestion from former Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi to Virat Kohli with a hilarious tweet that has gone viral on social media. Kohli had an extended lean patch of form from 2019 until the start of the Asia Cup 2022 and it prompted Afridi to suggest Kohli for retirement and finish on a high.
The statement from Afridi turned out to be a talking point in the social media and in the meantime, Kohli had also managed to regain form with a bang in the recent multi-nation tournament. The 33-year-old scored a fantastic century against Afghanistan to end his century drought and also brought up his maiden hundred in the T20I format.
While there were a lot of question marks over his inclusion, he has let the bat speak for himself with 276 runs at an average of 92 in the five innings in Asia Cup 2022.
"The way Virat has played, the start that he had to his career, he had overcome struggles and work hard before he made a name for himself. He is a champion and I believe there comes a stage when you are headed towards retirement. At such a stage, the aim should be to go out on a high," Afridi told on Samaa TV.
Here's the tweet from Amit Mishra
Dear Afridi, some people retire only once so please spare Virat Kohli from all this. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/PHlH1PJh2r— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) September 13, 2022
After Kohli’s strong comeback, Mishra responded to a news report on Afridi's quotes, with a tweet reading, "Dear Afridi, some people retire only once so please spare Virat Kohli from all this."
It left the fans in splits, as Shahid Afridi was known for poor retirement planning and he had reversed his decisions to retire more than once in his international career. Kohli is among the fittest cricketers going around still, and he wasn’t afraid to take the ones and twos in tough hot conditions in the UAE, where most players struggled for fitness.